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24 Ft Truck - Just How Much Does it Hold?

April 6th, 2018 - 4:27 PM

Will my belongings fit into a 24’ truck?

Between large pieces of furniture and things packed in boxes, it can be hard to picture how much space you’ll need in a rental truck. The companies recommend trucks based on home size, but if you have a 3-bedroom home you may not be sure what to do. The biggest trucks (usually 26-foot) typically say they’re best for 3-4 bedroom homes, while the next size down (20-foot in many cases) is for 2-3 bedrooms. Somewhere in the middle is a 24 ft. rental truck, but they can be hard to find. Take a look at where to locate these vehicles and what to do if you can’t find one nearby.

24-foot box truck

Where can I find a 24 ft. truck?

The moving industry changes frequently, and the limited availability of a 24-foot rental truck is a recent one. Both U-Haul® and Enterprise® offer 24-foot box trucks, but for local moves only. For long distance moves (also known as one-way moves), you’ll have to find another option. So, who offers them?

Budget® previously offered that size, but they have since switched to a 26 ft. truck (a 16 ft. is also available). Penske® has two sizes that are close — 22 ft. and 26 ft. U-Haul offers a 20 ft. and 26 ft. option.

Need a 24 ft. truck for a long-distance move?

Since 24 ft. trucks aren’t available for long distance moving, what’s the best solution? You could rent a larger vehicle, but it may cost more, and with the extra space it could be difficult to load everything tight and secure. At the same time, it could also be difficult to fit everything into a smaller truck.   

Another option is to use a “you pack, we drive” service like U-Pack®. U-Pack offers flexible moving options with two types of moving equipment: ReloCube® containers and moving trailers.

Compare the space to U-Pack

If you’re moving long distance and need something similar in size to the 24-foot truck, here are the comparisons:

The U-Haul 24-foot truck dimensions are 24’ 1” x 7’ 7” x 8’ 1” (LWH) inside, and the loading capacity is listed as 1418 cubic feet of space. The vehicle gets 8 miles per gallon with a 60-gallon tank. U-Haul recommends this size equipment for a 3-4 bedroom house.

U-Pack moving trailers are 27’ x 8’ x 9’ (LWH) inside — the equivalent of a 26’ truck plus a 10’ truck. But you don’t have to use all that room. Instead, just use (and pay for) the space you need. Around 20 linear feet would be equivalent to the 24’ option. After loading, you make sure everything is secured well, then put up a secure divider wall, called a bulkhead, to separate your shipment from the rest of the trailer.

ReloCubes are 70” x 82” x 93” (LWH) inside. For a home that would fit in a 24’ moving truck, you’ll likely need 4-5 ReloCube containers. Reserve five CubesTM, but if you fit into 4, you only pay for 4!

And the best part about U-Pack? You don’t have to drive. Instead of picking up the truck, driving it across the country, paying extra for fuel, and returning the equipment, U-Pack handles all the transportation. See how much your move would cost with a free moving quote.

Have questions about moving in a 24-foot truck or with U-Pack?

If you have any questions about how U-Pack compares to renting a 24-foot rental truck, we’re happy to help. Just leave a comment below or check out these related resources to learn more about truck rental:

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